Category Archives: Nature

Washington State: “Where You Get Worked”

Editor’s Note: This blog post was never published by accident, from my trip to Washington State last year. Enjoy! — Mt. Baker had weather coming in, so my partner and I decided to climb a moderate multi-pitch at Washington Pass, where the famous Liberty Bell formation calls home. We both… Read On

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Hood & Baker: It’s happening…

After several months and iterations of climbing partners, I’m about to embark on climbing Mt. Hood and Mt. Baker. I’ll be leaving Colorado on June 9th, returning sometime after June 21st. I’m psyched. Mt. Hood I still have a lot of research to do on this peak. I’ll be skiing… Read On

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Memorial Day: Great Memories of Spring…Skiing!

Red Mountain 3 ski tracks

It’s been quite a year. Since August, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in online classes and a teaching internship to complete my public school teaching license for English. It was honestly the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I thought grieving two family members passing away from cancer was… Read On

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Ouray, CO – Tiny Town, Big Fun

As the Montrose, CO Summer weather heats up, myself and many others far and wide trek to Ouray, CO for cooler mountain temps and outdoor fun. In the last several days alone, I hit upon most of the major pleasures in Ouray: hiking, climbing, viewing, and soaking… Hiking Ouray is… Read On

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Sabbatical Sites Round-Up

For weeks I’ve been planning to write about some of the amazing places I’ve visited, but then my fingers seems to keep missing the keyboard, landed on rock holds instead. I’ll do a shortened round-up of sites, for all those challenged by such busy lives. I dedicate this post to… Read On

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City Vs. Country, Part 3

Mt. Wrightson

A few days back, I finished cooking all the scrumptious food given to me by some generous farmer’s market folks from the Ridgway, CO market. Everything was cooked on the coals of the fire, and tasty beyond belief! Although my time in Montrose has been riddled with negative experiences, I… Read On

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Angry Cows

Priscilla the Cat's remains

I have a real luck with animals on this trip… Just after posting about the ghost pig-like creatures haunting my campsite in Valley of the Gods, I had a run in with aggressive cows at a fantastic campsite at the base of the Isle of Ewe crags in the Cochise West… Read On

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Ghost Pigs

Before I left CO, I was directed by a friend to the Valley of the Gods recreation area in Utah. It’s located West of Bluff, UT, a few miles before reaching Mexican Hat, UT. She said it was just like Monument Valley, but without all the crowds and you can camp… Read On

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On Sabbatical

Monument Valley

(Reprinted from The Joy Center blog, third in a series of Letting Go.) Back last Autumn, my first yoga teacher and I had a wonderful discussion about teaching, the ins & outs of it, the self-care needed, etc. At that time, she explained why she needed to take 2-6 weeks for… Read On

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City vs Country, Part 1

Moving to Montrose has been interesting. I wasn’t sure I’d be staying for long, but after the Denali trip fell apart, it turns out I’ll stay for sure til next summer, when I hope to get back on the road for The SpokenCoast Project again. Meanwhile, I’m adjusting to life… Read On

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